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Why companies take interns
Interns provide valuable insights –By 2020, millennials will make up 50% of the global workforce It is estimated that they spend €200 billion annually. The coveted demographic (currently between the ages of 17 and 34) is projected to spend €10 trillion in their lifetimes. No wonder every marketer on the planet wants to understand how to connect with millennials. Spending the time around millennials is a great way to learn more about their shopping habits, media consumption, motivations and more. Gaining a better understanding of millennials now will also help you later when the demographic constitutes a bigger percentage of your workforce.
Fresh Perspective – With many interns or trainees being young and objective, they don’t come in with a restricted mindset. Encourage them to ask questions and share ideas, as they will often question certain practices, which can be the catalyst for positive change. They may make suggestions that you’ve never even thought of and can potentially streamline daily activities. If your old ways of doing things just aren’t cutting it anymore, some new ideas from an intern can be helpful.
Accessing Future Hires – Another thing that many trainees bring to the table is a network of other young professionals. While you can make connections through traditional tactics like job postings, having a direct line to other young professionals via an intern can put your company ahead of competitors who don’t. This makes it easier to maintain a qualified staff of A-list talent for years to come.
Gaining Technology Knowledge – Because many interns are either in vocational educational training, higher education or recent graduates, they tend to be highly tech savvy and up to date on the latest trends. Millennials have been exposed to computers and other technology from birth, so using this technology comes naturally to this age group. Unlike some Baby Boomers who struggle in this area, you shouldn’t have to spend much time teaching young trainees, and they may even educate you. In a business world that’s growing increasingly dependent on technology, having interns with this type of knowledge can help your company stay ahead and remain competitive.
Getting Things Done – If there are times during the work week when team members are struggling to stay afloat, having an intern can be a huge asset. Even with minimal experience, an extra set of hands can make things more efficient and reduce the stress of your full-time workforce. If there is a time during the year where you experience seasonal spikes, having interns can help keep everything functioning while offering interns valuable work training (provided it’s not picking up the bosses dry cleaning of course!)
Your opportunity to give back – Individually and corporately, we are where we are today because of the people who’ve coached and mentored us along the way. Now it’s our time to repay the favor. Every time you let a student job shadow or tour your business or work as an intern, you’re helping prepare the next wave of the workforce … Potential future employees who will not only staff your company but someday may also lead it.
ADVICE FOR HOST COMPANIES
- Look for potential, not experience – When assessing CVs, don’t discount those who have worked in shops or cafes. Their experience may not be directly relevant to your workplace – but they have probably picked up valuable transferable skills.
- Create structured tasks – Make sure tasks are always job-related (for example picking up your kids is not internship related!). Give them duties to ‘own’ and a project to complete during their internship. Make two lists: “What will our interns gain?” and “What will our company gain?” These should be roughly balanced.
- Appoint a designated trainee manager/tutor – Your interns will need supervision, like any other new member of staff. Someone in your organisation should take responsibility for their workload and know exactly what they’re up to at any time.
- Provide feedback and a reference – To interns, feedback is gold. Provide feedback as the internship progresses to give them a chance to improve while they are there. Before their internship ends, schedule a short session to outline their strengths and areas for development in the future.
We are confident that working with us will be a benefit to your business and we would love for the opportunity to prove this to you. If you think that you would like to work with us as a Host Company then please contact us or complete the form below.
Need more information? No problem! Have a read over the following pages:
Information for Host Companies
About Our Interns
The Career Training Internship Process